Launch and On-Orbit Operations History

Below are videos of all SSEP launches to date, information on astronauts operating the SSEP experiments on-orbit, and videos of astronaut operation.

Links to SSEP Missions:

  1. SSEP Mission 14 to ISS
  2. SSEP Mission 13 to ISS
  3. SSEP Mission 12 to ISS
  4. SSEP Mission 11 to ISS
  5. SSEP Mission 10 to ISS
  6. SSEP Mission 9 to ISS
  7. SSEP Mission 8 to ISS
  8. SSEP Mission 7 to ISS
  9. SSEP Mission 6 to ISS
  10. SSEP Mission 5 to ISS
  11. SSEP Mission 3b and Mission 4 to ISS
  12. SSEP Mission 3a to ISS
  13. SSEP Mission 2 to ISS
  14. SSEP Mission 1 to ISS
  15. SSEP on STS-135
  16. SSEP on STS-134

 

SSEP Mission 14A to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-21
Launch: December 6, 2020, 11:17 am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP16 – Apollo, 26 of 33 experiments
SSEP Mission 14 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 14 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 14A experiments:

Shannon performed the A=0 and A+2 interactions on-orbit

 

Shannon Walker (USA), Mission Specialist [biography]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soichi performed the U-14, U-5 and U-2 interactions on-orbit

 

Soichi Noguchi (Japan), Mission Specialist [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Soichi
InstaGram: astro.soichi

 

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 13 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-18
Launch: July 25, 2019, 6:01 pm ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP15 – Gemini, 41 experiments
SSEP Mission 13 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 13 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 13 experiments:

Luca performed the A=0 interactions on-orbit

 

Luca Parmitano (ESA–Italy), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Luca
Facebook: AstronautLucaParmitano

 

 

 

Christina performed the A+2 interactions on-orbit

 

Christina Koch (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Christina
Instagram: astro_christina
Facebook: AstroChristina

 

 

 

Drew performed the U-14 and U-2 interactions on-orbit

 

Andrew Morgan (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @AstroDrewMorgan
Instagram: astrodrewmorgan
Facebook: AstroDrewMorgan

 

 

 

 

Nick performed the U-5 interactions on-orbit

 

Nick Hague (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @AstroHague
Instagram: astrohague
Facebook: AstroHague

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 12 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-15
Launch: June 29, 2018, 5:42 am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP14 – Mercury, 34 experiments
SSEP Mission 12 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 12 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut on ISS that operated the Mission 12 experiments:

Ricky performed all interactions on-orbit

 

Ricky Arnold (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @astro_ricky
Instagram: astro_ricky

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 11 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-12
Launch: August 14, 2017, 12:31 pm ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP13 – America, 21 experiments
SSEP Mission 11 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 11 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 11 experiments:

 

Jack Fischer (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @Astro2fish
Instagram: astro2fish
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Jack “2fish” Fischer

 

 

 

Peggy Whitson (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @AstroPeggy
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson

 

 

 

 

Randy Bresnik(USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter:@AstroKomrade
Instagram: astrokomrade
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik

 

 

 

Paolo Nespoli (Italy), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @astro_paolo
Instagram: astro_paolo
Facebook: astropaolo

 

 

SSEP Mission 10 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-11
Launch: June 3, 2017, 5:07 pm ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP12 – Casper, 11 experiments
SSEP Mission 10 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 10 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 10 experiments:

 

Jack Fischer (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @Astro2fish
Instagram: astro2fish
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Jack “2fish” Fischer

 

 

 

Peggy Whitson (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @AstroPeggy
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 9 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-10
Launch: February 19, 2017, 9:38am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP11 – Endeavor, 21 experiments
SSEP Mission 9 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 9 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut on ISS that operated the Mission 9 experiments:

 

Shane Kimbrough (USA), Station Commander [biography]
Twitter: @astro_kimbrough
Instagram: astro_kimbrough

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 8 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-9
Launch: July 18, 2016, 12:45am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP10 – Kitty Hawk, 15 experiments
SSEP Mission 8 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 8 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut on ISS that operated the Mission 8 experiments:

 

Jeff Williams (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter:@Astro_Jeff
Instagram: astro_jeffw
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams

 

 

SSEP Mission 7 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-8
Launch: April 8, 2016, 4:43 pm ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP9 – Odyssey II, 23 experiments
SSEP Mission 7 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 7 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 7 experiments:

 

Tim Peake (ESA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @astro_timpeake
Instagram: astro_timpeake
Facebook: ESATimPeake

 

 

 

Jeff Williams (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter:@Astro_Jeff
Instagram: astro_jeffw
Facebook: NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams

 

 

SSEP Mission 6 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-5
Launch: January 10, 2015, 4:30am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP8b – Yankee Clipper II, 17 experiments
SSEP Mission 6 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 6 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut on ISS that operated the Mission 6 experiments:

 

Barry Wilmore (USA), Station Commander [biography]

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 5 to ISS
Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Orb-2
Launch: July 13, 2014, 12:52 pm ET
Site: Launch Pad O-A, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, VA
Payload Designation: SSEP7 – Charlie Brown, 15 experiments
SSEP Mission 5 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 5 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 5 experiments:

 

Alexander Gerst (ESA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter:@Astro_Alex
Instagram: astro_alex_esa
Facebook: ESAAlexGerst

 

 

 

 

Barry Wilmore (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 3b and Mission 4 to ISS
Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Orb-1
Launch: January 9, 2014, 1:07 pm ET
Site: Launch Pad O-A, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, VA
Payload Designation: SSEP5b – Falcon II, 12 experiments and SSEP6 – Orion, 11 experiments
SSEP Missions 3b and 4 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Missions 3b and 4 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 3b and Mission 4 experiments:

 

Michael Hopkins (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koichi Wakata (Japan), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Wakata

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 3a to ISS
Vehicle: Orbital Sciences D-1
Launch: September 18, 2013, 10:58 am ET
Site: Launch Pad O-A, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, VA
Payload Designation: SSEP5 – Falcon I, 5 experiments
SSEP Mission 3a Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 3a Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on ISS that operated the Mission 3a experiments:

 

Karen L. Nyberg (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @AstroKarenN
Instagram: astrokarenn
Facebook: AstronautKarenNyberg

 

 

 

Luca Parmitano (ESA–Italy), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Luca
Facebook: AstronautLucaParmitano

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 2 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-1
Launch: October 7, 2012, 8:35 pm ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP4 – Antares, 11 experiments
SSEP Mission 2 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 2 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut on ISS that operated the Mission 2 experiments:

 

Sunita Williams (USA), Station Commander [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Suni
Facebook: AstronautSunitaWilliams

 

 

Sunita Williams interacting with a SSEP experiment while on the International Space Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSEP Mission 1 to ISS
Vehicle: SpaceX Dragon demonstration flight (COTS2)
Launch: May 22, 2012, 3:44 am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP3 – Aquarius, 15 experiments
SSEP Mission 1 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
Mission 1 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut on ISS that operated the Mission 1 experiments:

 

Don Pettit (USA), Flight Engineer [biography]
Twitter: @astro_Pettit
Facebook: Astro.Pettit

 

 

 

SSEP on STS-135
Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis (final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program)
Launch: July 8, 2011, 11:29 am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP2 – Intrepid, 11 experiments
SSEP on STS-135 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
STS-135 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronauts on this Mission:

 

Christopher Ferguson (USA), Commander [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Ferg

 

 

 

 

Douglas Hurley (USA), Pilot [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Doug

 

 

 

 

Sandra Magnus (USA), Mission Specialist 1 [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Sandy

 

 

 

 

Rex Walheim (USA), Mission Specialist 2 [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Rex

 

 

 

SSEP on STS-134
Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavour (final flight of Endeavour)
Launch: May 16, 2011, 8:56 am ET
Site: Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
Payload Designation: SSEP1 – Eagle, 16 experiments
SSEP on STS-134 Information: Flight Profile, Media Coverage, Press Kit
STS-134 Participation: Participating Communities, Flight Mission Patches, Conference Presentations

Astronaut who operated the SSEP experiments on this Mission:

 

Greg Chamitoff (USA), Mission Specialist 4 [biography]
Twitter: @Astro_Taz

 

 

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